Ceres-La Salle FC overcame a two goal deficit to salvage a 3-3 draw against league leaders Global FC yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Busmen had a chance in the first minute when Adrian Gallardo sped up into the box for a backheel pass to Patrick Reichelt but the shot was covered by Global's defense.
Global eventually opened the scoring in the 13 th minute when Misagh Bahadoran laid off to Ivan Petrovic who blasted the ball to the roof of the net.
Even as they struggled to find form in the early going, Ceres tried to equalize and the efforts nearly paid off as Bienvenido Marañon attempted a header but the ball went over the crossbar.
Global continued to attack with Bahadoran taking a 30-yard free kick in the 19 th minute but his shot went slightly over the bar.
It was 2-0 in favor of global in the 25 th minute as Bahadoran found some space at the top of the box for a shot that went past a full-stretched Cere's keeper Louie Michael Casas.
The Bacolod-based managed to get in one goal in the 44 th minute when Gallardo chased a long ball behind Global's defense for a right footed shot that found the back of the net.
Gallardo's marker came after a controversy in the 40th minute when Marañon was brought down by Deyto in the box in a one-on-one but referee Krizmark Nañola waved it off for a corner.
Marañon was furious of the non-call and was given a yellow card for dissent.
Reichelt had a chance to equalize in injury time, running past defenders and releasing a shot just before he was leveled by Deyto. The ball went a foot wide from the post and no penalty was given for the reckless challenge. First half ended, 2-1 in favor of Global.
Behind by a point, Ceres started the second half with urgency but they their offense was easily contained by Global who later unleashed a counter-attack in the 59 th minute to make it 3-1. Nazari almost made it four for Global when his free kick from twenty-five yards hit the crossbar in the 71st minute .
Ceres got their groove back in time as Gallardo took a shot from the edge of the box that went past Deyto to move Ceres within striking distance. Marañon made a brilliant effort after the restart when he shook off his defender and released a quick shot to score the equalizer in the 78th.
The Busmen had a golden chance minutes later when substitute Stephan Shröck issued a pass that beat Global defenders but Deyto was there for another brilliant save.
“We knew their game plan is always counter attack. I think all-in-all, if we watch the video of the game, we played more good football. But the danger is always their fast players,” Ceres Club Director Ali Go said.
“They have quick counter attacks, everybody runs for their counterattacks. We knew about that that's why we were disappointed especially the two goals were counterattack goals.
“ Maybe we will face each other again at the end of the league. If both of us win all our games it will be the decider,” Go added.
The draw allowed Global to remain on top of the team standings with 31 points followed by Ceres with 28 points. The UFL second round will start on August and will be completed by October.*
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